citizenI have been playing close attention to the Varsity Cup rugby tournament this year but after some early skirmishes with the bookmakers have been keeping a low profile.

CouchBlogThere were Houdini escape acts; an old boxing tactic; minnows showing their hand and winning streaks extended this weekend. Let’s get stuck into the PMS of Week 5 of Super Rugby.

citizenI found myself faced with some tough betting and SuperBru decisions this past weekend and the opening game was always going to be key to my fortunes.

terry1I know they say it is tough at the top but, believe me, I reckon it is even tougher down at the bottom. When you’re near the top and you lose and perhaps fail to finish the season in the position everyone hoped for, at least you stay in the same League and live to fight another day. But if you’re struggling near the bottom and you don’t pick up enough points then the price of failure there is relegation.

citizenAfter a weekend of rugby punting I like to spend Sunday night looking ahead at upcoming matches. At this time of the year I look at the Super Rugby fixtures for the next week and I try and handicap them as if I were a bookmaker. When the first bookmaker handicaps come out I look for differences between their handicaps and mine.

If there was one thing I was confident of this past weekend is that I would get off to a better start in Super Rugby than I have in recent years. I tend to get a bit over excited at the prospect of so many live matches and quite often I am begging the bookies for mercy at the end of the weekend.

By the time you read this, the 1st game in Super Rugby 2017 may well be either underway or completed and while I am not a fan of the Thursday start I must admit to being excited at the prospect of 7 games plus to bet on every weekend.

It was great to have the Six Nations back this past weekend and while I never got too involved from a betting perspective I was able to turn a small profit and in so doing begin to eat into January’s losses.

It’s great to be back writing my first sports betting blog of the year. We are well into 2017 but I would like to wish all readers of the Citizen and the Goodforthegame website a successful and profitable year.

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